The economic picture is not a good one these days and with it comes pay cuts and most getting time off instead of financial compensation when they work overtime hours. It’s no wonder that so many people are downgrading where they live. There are some people who cannot even afford to pay a mortgage anymore or even support their family in a house so they are opting to live in an apartment.
For those of you planning on giving up your home when you go in search of a new apartment, you should try to locate one within close proximity to your old house. Not only would you already be familiar with the area and your old neighbors and friends would be close by but your children would not have to change schools or leave their friends and teachers behind.
However, if you find your dream apartment a few towns away and the price is right then by all means you should move to that apartment. Ensure that the neighborhood is safe and also try to secure good schools for your children. Remember that talk you had with the kids before moving to your house? Then you need to have that “why we are moving” talk with your kids once again making sure that you highlight the positive aspects of the move.
When you downgrade to an apartment you would no doubt face a few challenges. For instance, if you are used to having big open living spaces, moving into an apartment could somewhat feel confined and the transition can be a bit difficult for you. In addition, you may also have to face the reality that you may have to get rid of some of your furniture since they may not all be able to fit into the new apartment.
The first thing that you should do is to try to fit as many furniture as possible into your apartment. The same goes for the other items in your home. If you have to sell out some of the furniture or big electronics then you can use the money that you get from the sale to purchase smaller items that would fit perfectly in your apartment. Even if you do not sell your items and you are optimistic that your financial situation would change eventually then perhaps you can leave the surplus of your furniture with a member of your family or a close friend or you can put your furniture into storage until better can be done.
For those of you leaving your furniture with family and friends, you need to know if they would be integrating your furniture with their current set or if they would be storing it for you in an unused room or their basement and if it would remain in good condition. Moving into an apartment may take a little getting used to especially if the kids have to share a room again and there isn’t room outside for them to play.
It could affect the adults if the closet spaces are limited and the rooms are much smaller than the house. But apartment life may not be so bad after all. Because of how small space would be especially when compared to a house, you would be seeing more of your family as you go about your daily activities. And this alone can bring the family closer as there would be more chances of interaction.
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